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Pocock retiring, returning to politics take a fulltime position with a nonprofit foundation and also plans to By Jesse Buchanan return to loSpecial to The Citizen cal politics. The Board Pocock Edward Pocock III, a forof Police mer Town Council chairman, will retire from his position Commissioners was to meet as a captain in the Police Thursday to interview three Department Tuesday. He’ll candidates from the depart-

Police captain once led council in Southington

ment and choose one to fill the position. The department has two captain positions. Pocock, a 25-year police veteran, was promoted from lieutenant to captain in 2012 and stepped down from the council. He left to avoid a perceived conflict of interest, but said the decision was

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Bread for Life’s new facility will not be built next to Derynoski School after the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a site plan application for a retail and office space in the same spot Tuesday night. AA Denorfia Building & Development LLC purchased the land on 296 Main St. next to the elementary school with plans to create an office space and retail space. Specifics of the new plan were not released Tuesday night. “It’s at the discretion of

commission,” said Robert Phillips, the town planner. “It’s a proposal that doesn’t have a specific tenant, so I don’t know where to go with the basic site plan. It’s up to the commission.” Bread for Life proposed an application to build a facility to provide meals to the needy next to Derynoski School last fall. After the proposal became public, many Derynoski parents expressed concern for student safety and opposed the plan. Because of community, school board, and administraSee Approval / Page 16

state issues as well, he said, and is considering a run for state office although not in this year’s election. Pocock will work for the J. Allen Lamb and Edward S. Pocock III Foundation, a nonprofit. Lamb was a loSee Pocock / Page 35


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difficult. “It killed me to get off the council as chair,” Pocock said. “The best way to give back is to be involved in your community.” As a Republican, he led the council while his party had a supermajority. He has stayed current on

The American Legion Auxiliary Chocolate Festival was held Saturday, Feb. 1. Shay Hemingway, 2 1/2, years looks over the chocolate covered marshmallows at the American Legion Junior Auxiliary table. | Photo by Stephen Cieslewski

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Wave of kindness sweeps over Hatton The message of kindness is one that can’t be spread enough, and as such, Hatton Elementary School has taken on a new initiative to teach its students about the impacts of being kind to others. Leigh Pechillo, parent, and also designated as the school’s “kindness ambassador” for all intents and purposes, was at the school Friday, Jan. 31, during the school’s town meeting to show students and staff the idea of Ben’s Bells. Browsing on Facebook one day, Pechillo said she happened to see a status posted by a friend of hers from Tucson, AZ, who was coming to Connecticut to bring Ben’s Bells for Newtown. The program started in memory of Ben Mare, who

died suddenly in 2002. Ben’s family and members of the community began hanging handmade, decorative bells around the area to promote ideas of kindness. Pechillo said about 1,000 bells were hung in Newtown. “We all wanted to do things for Newtown, but we knew not to be in their faces,” Pechillo said. Rather than bells, Pechillo is taking a different approach and distributing “kindness coins” to students and staff. The idea is that when someone sees an act of kindness, they will give a coin to whoever did the good deed. Sally Kamerbeek, Hatton principal, said the school is already an environment that promotes respect and responsibility. “This goes beyond that, and we’re so ready for it,” Kamerbeek said.

A total of 266 coins will be distributed around the school between the 464 students. Around the country, Pechillo said there are 239 schools participating, with some 128,000 students. Hatton, she said, makes up about 4 percent of the grand figure. “We’re a small piece of the pie,” Pechillo said. “But we can still make a huge difference.” With that, she challenged every class in the school to perform at least 100 acts of kindness in the next seven days. These acts, she said, can be as simple as holding a door for someone. She said the idea is to get kids to understand that doing nice things feels good, not necessarily to expect a reward for doing something nice. “There is nothing greater than children understanding kindness in our world,”

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from a severe asthma attack. Pearson’s father works with Ben’s mother. “I thought it would just be nice to do it,” Pearson said. A small group of students were called up on stage individually to receive a kindness coin. They would start as kindness ambassadors and begin the circulation of the coins.

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Police are warning residents to check the identities of people coming to the door asking to test water. Lt. Michael Baribault said a woman said someone came to her door and said he was from the town water department. The details of the incident are under investigation, but police don’t believe the resident allowed the man into her home. She reported the incident to the water department the next day and police are gathering more information, Baribault said. Someone who works for a utility company will be wearing photo identification with the phone numbers of the department, Baribault said. Baribault recommends that residents call the water department or police if they have any concerns about someone at their home. Baribault said it’s not clear what the person’s intentions were in this case but, generally speaking, when someone is posing as someone else their “intentions are not

Kamerbeek said. F i f t h - g ra d e r B r i a n n a Pearson seemed to be getting a head start on her classmates that day. The fifth-grade carnival took place that afternoon, and Pearson organized a fundraiser for the Buckley family, which recently suffered the loss of 7-year-old Benjamin, who died after complications


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what the firms have to say and what they have to offer to assist the district in its search. Carmody, who has never been involved in the process of hiring a new superintendent, said she hopes the board can find a firm to help sooner rather than later. “I would assume the whole board would like to move as quickly as possible, but making certain to get quality candidates,” she said. Once the school board picks a firm Goralski said members will work with the consultant to establish a timeline. The timeline will outline the search process and will be shared with the community in hopes of getting more people involved with the selection of the next superintendent, Goralski said. On Saturday, the school board is having its annual retreat to discuss various topics and work on future goals. Part of the time may be spent talking about the progress on the search firm selection, which will be held in executive session, Goralski said. It

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After a spate of recent vandalism near the linear trail, including damage to the community ice skating rink and bench thefts, town officials will hold a community forum to discuss ways to prevent vandalism. Town Councilor Dawn Miceli, who helped raise money to establish the ice rink three years ago, said the upcoming forum is to get people together to see what further steps can be taken to protect from any future incidents. “We would like to get together members of the community to start the conversation about what is nec-

essary to ensure that we are doing everything we can to prevent further vandalism,” Miceli said. The forum is scheduled for Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. The town attorney and police officials walked the liner trail Wednesday, Jan. 29 to look for problem areas, assess lighting and determine if other precautions are necessary to enhance security. After vandals struck the rink two times in the same week earlier this month, parks officials found a leak in the rink’s liner. The rink reopened Saturday, Jan. 25, according to Michael Manware, assistant superintendent of parks. Since the re-opening there have been no issues.

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Kopcza said all the money raised will go to the general fund, which goes to support scholarships and causes such as the The Southington American Legion Southington Community Soup Kitchen, Ride Auxiliary’s 11th annual Chocolate Festival for Justin and Kristen’s Kloset. had a new twist this year, offering Super With free admission, money comes from Bowl themed snacks and baskets. selling raffle tickets, baked goods and a table Cynthia Kopcza, co-chair of the festival, full of themed baskets. said all the annual favorites, like the homeThe event ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fortymade chocolates by Helen Locks and choco- five minutes into the event, about 600 raffle late covered cherries from Cheryl Owsianko, tickets had been sold, Kopcza said. Typically are featured, but this year marks the first about 1,500 to 2,000 raffle tickets are sold time Super Bowl-themed snacks were on annually. sale, and a snack themed basket was in the Each year there is a crowd favorite for the auction. Items included summer sausage, raffle baskets, but it differs each year as new meatballs, frankfurters and dips. themes are made, Kopcza said. Some baskets “I hope the guys will like it because of the See Chocolate / Page 22 meat,� Kopcza laughed. By Lauren Sievert Special to The Citizen

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It’s a super Sunday for sub sales in Southington By Molly Callahan Special to The Citizen

For many, food is a crucial part of the Super Bowl experience. For members and supporters of the Southington High School marching band, it takes on a whole new meaning. The marching band sold more than 2,700 subs this year as part of a yearly tradition to raise money. That’s enough foot-long sandwiches to criss-cross a football field from goal line to goal line nine times. “I made more than you can even imagine,” Matt

McLaughlin, a freshman tuba player in the band, said on game day Feb. 2. Residents could choose turkey and cheese, ham and cheese, or Italian combination sandwiches to enjoy on the big day, said Band Backers President Brian Robarge. More than 70 students and a workforce of parent-members of the Band Backers gathered to assemble the subs. In the weeks before Super Bowl Sunday, band members blanketed the town, going door to door to sell pre-orders of the sandwiches, Robarge said. This year, the march-

ing band sold roughly 100 more subs than last year, and kept the nearly 30-year fundraiser—one of their biggest—alive. “People in town look for this every year,” Robarge said. “It’s a really good fund raiser.” The most popular choice? “The Italian combo,” Robarge said. “I think we sold around 1,300 of those.” McLaughlin was on the turkey and cheese assembly line, adding turkey from Tops Market onto a grinder roll before passing it down the line. He and the rest of the volSee Sub / Page 26

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As the song “I Gotta Feelin’” by the music group the Black Eyed Peas blasted through the speakers in the Plantsville School cafeteria Friday, Jan. 31 afternoon, students jumped up and started to dance. It wasn’t even a minute into the song before the fourth and fifth graders formed a human train that

snaked through the crowd, up and down the floor, and around the teachers. “It’s fun to dance,” said Grace DellaVecchia, a fifth grader who was part of the media group that helped call press and other outlets to inform them of the event. “It’s fun to know we had a part in planning this.” Students were celebrating their fourth annual FoxA-Thon fundraiser, which

had them dancing for 90 minutes to raise money for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The event was named after the school’s mascot, which was also present in a red fox outfit dancing along with the children. Fox-A-Thon came from the idea of the HuskyTHON held at the University of Connecticut, where students dance for 18 hours for charity. The money is also donated to

the children’s hospital. Last year, the Plantsville students raised $2,700 and this year they topped that by nearly $1,000, raising $3,500. “It’s only gotten better every single year,” said UConn graduate Aislinn Walters. In 2011, Walters wanted to participate in the HuskyTHON and needed to raise money. Walters asked her mother, Sandy Chavez, a teacher at Plantsville, if the fifth graders could help. That’s when the partner-

ship between Walters and Plantsville School began. The students chose Oliva Belfonti, a fourth grader at Derynoski School, as their “miracle child” for the fundraiser for the second year in a row. Olivia, who has undergone three heart surgeries since birth, was chosen as the Connecticut champion of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and traveled around the country to See Dance / Page 28

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Obituary Lifelong Southington resident remembered Veronica M. Steinbruck

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SOUTHINGTON — Veronica M. (Sweeney) Steinbruck, 92, of Southington passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at the Summit at Plantsville. She had been the loving wife of the late Arthur E. Steinbruck for 45 years. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., on March 9, 1921, to the late Joseph and Margaret (Sneyder) Sweeney, she had been a longtime Southington resident. Veronica volunteered at the Bradley Memorial gift shop and the hospital’s thrift store for many years. She was a longtime member of Mary Our Queen Church and active in the Ladies’ Guild. She is survived by her four children, Elaine Steinbruck, JoAnn Semnoski and her husband, Gary, of Southington, Pamela Steinbruck, of Meriden; and Richard Steinbruck and his wife, Kimberly, of Beaufort, S.C.; and her dear friend, Jean Perry, of Plantsville. A memorial Mass to celebrate Veronica’s life will be held at a later date. Plantsville Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit

Richard “Buddy” Grimaldi was well known in the community. His daughter Patricia Hackett said he had a “big, booming voice,” and his jokes attracted people. The lifelong town resident ran a local grocery store, was a former Unico president, and an active member at the YMCA. He died on Jan. 24 at 87. “He had a big personality,”

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Cleaning isn’t always fun, but doesn’t have to be dull By Amy Flory

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It’s winter. I know this because I am constantly hiding under a blanket, and the chances of my kids going to school have diminished significantly. No one wants to play outside in this bitter cold, even Amy Flory with the lure of fresh snow, and our house seems smaller. So much smaller. Days inside with my family can be wonderful. We

quietly read books, the kids are entertained with their new Christmas toys, and I have made and frozen more soup than my freezer can handle. Future me will love all of the easy dinner options waiting for busy days when I don’t have time to cook, or if that nasty bug that’s going around finally hits our home, we’ll have hot, soothing soup on hand that just needs reheating. I really do enjoy a snow day, but after a while, we grow weary of these quiet tasks. There are only so many video games that I feel comfortable letting my children play, and the same goes for the television they love

so much. At times like this, I get creative. Our home wears the tell-tale signs of a

mother who doesn’t love to clean, and children who adore making messes, and sometimes it gets to be too

much. My kids will cheerfully vacuum, dust, and empty the dishwasher, but only if they’re in the mood. If they aren’t, we make a game of it. My four-year-old likes to sweep, but our regular broom is too bulky for her. I have taken a few of the sections off of the handle of our Swiffer sweeper, making it the perfect size for her to push around the house, picking up dust and dog hair from the flat floor surfaces. She loves it, and gets so excited to see all of the gunk on the microfiber pad when she’s done, which is always See Cleaning / Page 20

Somewhat satisfied It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a test of any significance, unless you count customer satisfaction surveys, which I don’t. I always get hung up on “somewhat satisfied.” Aren’t you either satisfied Jeffery or not? Kurz I’ve been intrigued by the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which is to replace the Connecticut Mastery Test and Connecticut

Academic Performance Test. I had my fill of CMTs when my children were being tested every time they turned around, so I won’t be sad to see them go. The new method is an improvement of sorts, using dynamic testing in which the question that follows changes according to the answer that preceded it. But good use of technology will alone not do the trick. What’s no good is the ever-increasing emphasis on testing and the pressure put on teachers to teach for the test. This pressure may be well intended, but it’s woe- P.O. Box 246 Southington, CT 06489 News Reporter – Julie Sopchak News Editor – Olivia L. Lawrence Assistant News Editor – Nick Carroll Executive Vice President and Assistant Publisher – Liz White Senior Vice President of Operations and Major Accounts – Michael F. Killian Senior Vice President and Editor – Ralph Tomaselli Advertising Director – Kimberley E. Boath

fully misguided, and has more to do with government and politics than what ought to go on in a classroom. The most difficult challenge confronting schools and school systems is culture, as in establishing and maintaining an atmosphere in which learning is cultivated and admired. The challenge gets harder the higher up in the grades you go. You want your school to be a place where it’s cool to be smart, or to want to be. You don’t want students to feel like they have to play dumb because otherwise they’ll face ridicule from their peers. You

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don’t want young people to hide their aspirations, you want to inspire aspiration. That’s no easy feat. You want your school to be a place where students learn how to learn, to learn how to study and teach themselves, because ultimately what you learn on your own, following your own ambition, is what will become the most valuable to you. You just need somebody to help you figure out how to do it. That somebody is your teacher. This is ancient history, but if you talk to people who went to my high school, roughly from a decade or so before my time to a couple of decades after, the name of one teacher inevitably comes up. Let’s call him Mr. X, just for fun. Mr. X was an English teacher, and he went off the trolley so often you didn’t realize there was a trolley. But his tangents were the stuff of true learning, because they illustrated the magnificent experience that is the exploration of the mind. As you followed Mr. X as his points about literature went off in all directions, you began to feel not only that you wanted do the same, but that you could do the same. It probably goes without saying that today’s educa-

tional climate leaves precious little room, if any at all, for such a teaching approach. Yet Mr. X and his influence, and not test scores, is what lingers; it’s what people remember, all these years later. The emphasis on Smarter Balanced Assessment and Common Core State Standards is helping replace exploration with rote response. But students are not robots. This is what a West Hartford teacher, Elizabeth A. Natale, was getting at in a recent opinion piece that, as they say, went viral. “... government attempts to improve education are stripping the joy out of teaching and doing nothing to help children,” she wrote. When teachers like her start thinking about leaving the profession, it’s time to take notice. The state’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Council last week agreed to pull back on teacher review standards and allow more time while new student testing is being implemented before tying scores to teacher performance. If that allows time to re-evaluate the entire approach I suppose you could call me “somewhat satisfied.”

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Associated Press Besides changes to the two-year state budget, the following are some major issues that may be debated during the new session of the Connecticut General Assembly: — Gun control: Lawmakers may decide to establish a grace period for gun owners who failed to register guns now considered assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines in time for a Jan. 1 deadline. — Mental health: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proposing to spend $250,000 on a campaign to de-stigmatize mental illness and encourage people to seek treatment. His budget will also fund more mental health services for young adults, including residential

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It’s unclear whether the legislature will take up the proposals. — Juvenile sentencing: State lawmakers may reconsider a bill that would allow juveniles facing long prison sentences to have a chance at parole. A version of last year’s bill would have made someone eligible for parole if he or she were sentenced to up to 60 years and served the greater of 12 years or 60 per-

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plentiful. We ice skate around the hardwood floors, the kids wearing old tube socks that are now dust rags on their feet, and the floor wet with a vinegar and water cleaning solution. They run and slide, they spin and scoot, and I follow behind with a larger, more absorbent cloth to catch the many spots they miss. For basic tasks that are hated by the kids, like picking up toys and putting away laundry, my husband times them. “I’ll bet you can’t get all of your books picked up in two minutes,” he’ll say. If that doesn’t work, he’ll pit the kids against each other. “Whoever is finished putting their clothes away first wins!” Wins what? Nothing, but it doesn’t matter. Bragging rights are as good as gold around here. Cleaning isn’t always fun, but it doesn’t have to be dull, either. My four-yearold still needs help getting excited about chores, but her six-year-old brother understands that just doing the task without complaint means he can go back to playing with his Legos, or maybe if he’s lucky, and extra game of Super Mario Brothers.

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earlier Tuesday the group is in the process of “getting authorization and negotiating” another area for the new facility. He said Bread for Life is hopeful that it will work out. The space next to Derynoski School is no longer in the running. “Right now we have refocused on another piece of property that we aren’t at liberty to discuss,” McDougall said. “But it’s exciting.”

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people die from an asthma attack in the United States and 44,000 people suffer from attacks each day. She has seen many children have severe asthma that does get better as they get older, but there are many variables with asthma. While asthma is “becoming a bigger problem” in America, O’Donnell it is rare that people die from an attack. “In this day in age, if the person is appropriately treated, it’s not very common but it does happen,” she said. Buckley said the first police officer was on the scene in a minute and started CPR. She thanked all the emergency response crews for their help with Ben. “Because of them, they gave


Monkey hugs. They are a memory Cristin Buckley will keep in her heart for the rest of her life. The image of her 7-year-old son Benjamin Buckley running from one end of the room in their home towards her in the other and then leaping into the air, wrapping his little arms around her neck and his legs around her waist, is something she won’t forget. “He would make monkey noises and we would rub noses,” Buckley said. “He was so light. He didn’t weigh very much, so I could swing him around.” Monkey hugs were something Ben would give “a couple times a day” she said. Buckley noticed the house has been a

lot quieter after Ben, a second-grader at Thalberg School, died on Jan. 24. He suffered a severe asthma Ben Buckley attack about a week prior to his death that left him in a coma in the hospital. It was a shock to Buckley, her family and the community. “We never thought that this would ever happen,” Buckley said. “We have inhalers everywhere we go, around house and at school. We never thought this would happen.” Terry O’Donnell, a clinical associate professor and physicians assistant program associate director for Quinnipiac University ,said every day nine


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take more than an hour to assemble and can weigh up to 20 pounds. This year’s basket themes included beach, margaritaville, and the bird lovers. Walking into the festival residents are greeted by a cafe area where they can buy soups, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches and

more. Kopcza said the clam chowder soup is a favorite and always sells out. The walls were lined with tables selling the baked goods, around a display of the 24 baskets up for the raffle in the center of the room. Themes for the baskets included sweetheart with chocolates and hand-painted wine glasses, a “flu fighter� with medicines and tissues, and cat and dog themed baskets.

Terri Petito, a Southington resident and auxiliary member of the American Legion, brought her 2½-year-old granddaughter Alyssa Petito to the festival. “It’s a great cause and they do a great job,â€? Terri Petito said. Alyssa was eagerly holding a heart-shaped chocolate lollipop while helping Terri place the raffle tickets in the

buckets. “She wanted to eat it as soon as we got it,â€? Terri said, laughing about her granddaughter and the treat. Dennis Tice, of Cheshire, said his girlfriend heard about the festival and they came down to explore the chocolate treats. Megan and Mike Hemingway, of Plantsville, brought their 2½-year-old

daughter, Shay, and 7-yearold son, Ryan, to the festival. Megan Hemingway said it was her daughter’s first year coming to the festival, and she was very excited about all the chocolates. They were going to a Super Bowl party and bought a football-shaped cake and brownies to bring with them, Megan Hemingway said.


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YMCA meeting celebrates ‘Kids Stuff’ By Farrah Duffany Special to The Citizen

Dozens of tables at the Aqua Turf Club were garnished with chewing gum, pop rocks, paddle balls, fake mustaches and other kids’ toys for the SouthingtonCheshire YMCA’s 85th annual meeting Wednesday night, Jan. 28. Their theme was “Kids Stuff. What’s More Important?” The YMCA picked two people and an organization that have been involved with the youth to receive their annual awards. In November Lisa Carroll was named Person of the Year. Erin Furniss and Lisa Wrubleski, who organized an event to honor those killed in the Newtown school shooting, received the Reaching out Award. The Unsung Hero honor went to Diana Sheard. They were formally honored at the annual meeting. Carroll has worked as the program coordinator for the Southington Summer Youth Theater program for 25 years.

She directed 51 of the 55 plays put on by the students. She is also involved in Southington Community Theater. “I cannot say I earned this honor singlehandedly,” said Carroll, who thanked her friends, family, and the community. “Because of 26” was an event held June 15 to honor the 20 children and six adults killed in the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A mural was created to remember the children with 26 wooden butterflies, designed and painted by 26 local artists. Hundreds attended the event. Furniss and Wrubleski, two Southington mothers, helped organize the event and spread the word across the town and the state. Their mission was to spread love and kindness. “They had a simple yet powerful message of spreading kindness throughout the community,” said John Myers, the executive director of the YMCA. Students from Plantsville

School stood in front of the hundreds of people and pledged their acts of kindness and caring, as Because of 26 did last year. Sheard, the Unsung Hero, is also known around town as Valentine the Clown. Sheard has given back to the community for the past 31 years by entertaining at fundraisers, at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and many other places. Of course, Sheard had to make a few jokes while at the podium receiving her award. She said she wasn’t sure how she could receive the Unsung See YMCA / Page 24

Justin Hubeny holds the microphone as children from Plantsville School recite a kindness pledge to open the 85th annual meeting of the Southington-Cheshire YMCA on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the Aqua Turf Club. | (Christopher Zajac / Special to The Citizen)

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Town officials have planned a small business seminar on marketing for spring. The idea for the seminar started with the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic Development Strike Committee and was announced to the Town Council on Jan. 26. Council Chairman Michael Riccio, who sits on the committee, said the seminar is planned to be the first of a series that helps support Southington small businesses. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hoping to draw

between 100 and 150 people. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open to businesses with 10 or fewer employees and will likely take place in late April or early May. Lou Perillo, the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development coordinator, said the seminar will cover social media marketing, local media marketing and video marketing. The seminar will try to provide cost-effective ways to grow a business, he said. The town has a budget of $5,000 to $6,000 for the event, although Perillo hopes to augment that with sponsors. It hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet been determined

if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a cost for businesses to attend. Companies may be able to bring at least two employees for free, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to make it a no-cost or as low cost as possible,â&#x20AC;? Perillo said. Details of the seminar, such as the speakers and the location, are being discussed with the strike committee. During his first meeting as chairman late last year, Riccio said he wants the current council to be business-friendly. The town can have a role in supporting businesses, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;more

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Former bank manager gets three years for stealing $175K By Lauren Sievert

20 counts of second-degree larceny. According to the arrest A local former bank manwarrant, Callahan was the ager was sentenced to three manager at TD Bank on years in prison for stealing Queen Street in Southington, more than $175,000 from cusand most of the money taken tomer accounts. was from a single account. Amanda Callahan, 32, of 66 Callahan told police at the Stuart Drive, pleaded guilty time of her arrest in 2012 that to first-degree larceny and she intended to borrow the was sentenced Monday, Jan. money from the customer’s 27 to three years in prison account and pay it back later, followed by seven years’ spethe warrant said. Callahan cial parole. told police she lost her secCallahan had originally ond job, her father became been charged with first-desick and her boyfriend lost gree computer crime and Special to The Citizen

his job, the warrant said. Callahan withdrew money from the account in April 2011 through March 2012, while the customer was in California, the warrant said. The customer discovered the missing money when he returned to Southington and reported possible fraud to the bank, the warrant said. Callahan also withdrew more than $6,000 from the bank account of a man receiving Social Security disability checks while he was in prison, the warrant said.


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marching band — accounts that help offset uniform fees and other out-of-pocket expenses, Robarge said. The rest of the money goes toward the marching band as a whole. With an operating budget of roughly $80,000, the fundraising helps to rent trucks to haul equipment, buy new instruments and show materials, and pay outside staff members. “A n y t h i n g m a r c h i n g band-related,” Robarge said. And building the sandwiches for local Super Bowl celebrations isn’t the only way Southington High School marching band members can relate to this year’s

game. They came in fifth in the country in a high school marching band competition earlier this season held — where else — but MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford N.J., the arena for the Superbowl showdown. “We took six coach buses out there, we tailgated, we fed over 400 of our people; it was great,” Robarge said. By the end of the morning Sunday, though, Robarge and McLaughlin were just ready to get home and take a nap, they said. Of his own Super Bowl spread, McLaughlin said, “I just don’t want to see any more sandwiches.”

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tell her story. “I had three heart surgeries and I’m all better now,” she said. All the fifth-graders had a part in planning the event. Some made flyers, others created announcements, and a dance group put together a routine to the song “Roar” by Katy Perry. Before the dancing began, Ricky Holtz and Dan Bolson, co-executive directors of the HuskTHON, encouraged students to keep moving and not to stop, especially the boys.

everyone knew Grimaldi, his sense of humor and dedication to fitness. He is truly missed, Palmieri said. “He always made a point of asking our staff about their family and knowing what’s going on and how they’re doing,” Palmieri said. “He loved his friends at the Y. They looked for him and if he was not around, they wondered what he was doing.” Sunday dinners was a regular occurrence at the Grimaldi household when they were growing up, Hackett and Knoegel said. The dinners continued as they both started their own families. Sunday dinners will continue to keep his spirit alive. “He always brought the meat and would have a big roast in a pan and I made the side dishes,” Hackett said. “He wanted to come and enjoy the family and the kids. He always enjoyed seeing his grandchildren.” “We like to dance,” Holtz said. “We want to make sure when we’re dancing we’re not the only boys dancing in the room.” St u d e n t s wo re wh i te T-shirts decorated in paint that read “Fox-A-Thon” on the front and on the back spelled the letters “FTK”, which stands for “For the Kids.” They wanted to give back to children like Olivia. “We’re excited we raised a lot of money for Fox-AThon and for the children’s medical center,” said Mary Tolisano, a fifth-grader who is also part of the media group. “We will help kids in need.”

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into the community, or to help from 6 to 10 p.m. at Back Nine many communities are com- how wonderful he truly was,” with families that can’t afford Tavern in Southington. There ing together. It’s amazing. It’s Buckley said. “My husband is a $20 donation at the door amazing to me. People don’t put it the best, ‘he was too inhalers. From Page 21 good for this world.’” Gina Greco of Southington and a buffet, raffles, and cash even know these people.” To make raffle donations for Buckley couldn’t express us five more days with him,” who knew the family well is bar. “It’s a whole bunch of great how thankful she is for the the Feb. 8 fundraiser, contact Buckley said. “We got to say helping to organize a fundGina Greco at (203) 671-0593, raiser to benefit the fam- people coming together,” support from the community. goodbye to him.” “It’s our job to keep him Dawn Rose at (860) 463Buckley and her husband, ily. She said about a dozen Greco said. “We’re all still Jeff Buckley, and two chil- friends from town are putting in shock, but the thing I’m alive now and make sure ev- 7143, or Jay Pearson at (203) dren, Madison, a fifth-grader together a fundraiser on Feb. 8 amazed about most is how eryone knows about Ben and 704-0397. at Thalberg, and Adam, Ben’s 7-year-old twin brother, spent hours across days in the hospital by Ben’s side. But that’s not how they will remember him. Buckley recalled all the fond memories she will carry of her son. Memories of how Ben loved to play baseball on the Western Little League team, loved the Boston Red Sox, and called himself an “aspiring artist” who loved to draw and be creative. Legos were also something he loved playing with. He got lots of them for Christmas and Buckley said he would play with them for hours on end. The Buckley family went on vacation to Disney World in Florida over the summer for the first time. When Ben walked in Buckley said he looked like a child on one of the Disney World commercials offering vacation packages. She said he never walked anywhere; he skipped, jumped, or ran there. He learned that week that he wasn’t very fond of rollercoasters, but enjoyed the shows and other rides. Enjoying life was something Ben did a lot of. Buckley said he was never negative and loved everyone. “Ben just, he loved life,” Buckley said. “Everything to Benjamin was magical. Life was magical. He saw the good in everything.” Buckley said Ben’s death has brought so many people into their life and garnered an immense amount of support. A Facebook page called “Prayers for Ben“ was created on Jan. 21. It has since garnered more than 9,600 “likes.” People from town and all over the country have been posting on the site, sending the family Show tickets Dinner their condolences. A fundraising site for Ben $25/$21 $22/person on was also created by a family friend. So far 237 people have made donations totaling $15,889. That money will go towards a scholarship fund that the Buckley For tickets, visit or call the box office family plans on creating. 150 Cook Hill Road Cheshire, CT 06410 203.699.5495 Buckley said the money may go towards students wanting to study art in college, go back

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A fte r Ko e n i g l e ave s , Plantsville Congregational will be assigned an interim From Page 17 pastor. The search for a permanent replacement could certainly be missed. K o e n i g s a i d , w h i l e take from one to two years. Triano, who serves on Woodbury is a smaller town with only 10,000 people, the United Way board with North Congregational Church Koenig, said he’s part of the has about the same number of fabric of the community. “He shows practical commembers as Plantsville. The church has been under the mon sense to the needs of leadership of an interim pas- the people,” she said. “He’s always one of the first to tor for 16 months. volunteer.”

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Swimmers win fifth; Boys hoops let one slip away Hockey S u f f i e l d - G ra n by -Wi n d s o r L o c k s 9, Southington-Hall 1: The Division III Warrior Knights fell to 6-6 overall in dropping the crossover game against Division II SGWL at Enfield Twin Rinks. It was the third straight loss for Southington-Hall. Boys swimming Farmington 90, Southington 75: The Blue Knights dipped to 4-2 overall with the CCC West loss at the Southington YMCA. Matt Duszak had the lone individual victory for Southington. The junior captured the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.50. Southington 86, Berlin 81: Freestyle sprinter Joe Taglia won a pair of individual events and anchored two first-place relays to lead Southington to a CCC interdivisional victory over Berlin at the Southington YMCA. Taglia clocked in at 24.15 seconds and 54.47 to win, respectively, the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. He also joined Charlie Morelli on the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Taglia and Morelli teamed with Zach Blake and Matt Duszak on the medley (1:51.00) and with Peter Masters and Nick Brazil on the freestyle (1:43.14). Duszak went on to capture the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.20. The Blue Knights (5-2 overall) also got a firstplace performance from Mack Golos in the 500 freestyle (5:41.70). Conard 93, Southington 84: The Chieftains won every event before swimming the final three

races exhibition in posting the CCC West victory at the Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford. The Blue Knights (5-3) did get a first-place time from Matt Duszak, who took the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.10. They also got good performances from freestyle sprinter Joe Taglia, who touched at 24.06 in the 50 and in 53.62 in the 100. P.J. Ramsey swam a 1:01.76 in the 100 butterfly (1:01.76) Wrestling Zach Murillo (106) took second, Alex Martin (160) was third and Shawn Devin (170) and Zach Bylykbashi (120) were fourth for Southington, which hosted the 17-team Connecticut Challenge. Murillo lost to top-seeded Halim Bourjeli of New Milford, 10-6, in the final after pinning Tristan Haviland of Trumbull and scoring a semifinal decision over Yuval Shatil of Brookline, Mass. Martin, pinned by Brandon Dufour of Bacon Academy in the semifinals, wrestled back to third with a 6-2 verdict over Joey Ryan of Trumbull. Southington’s defending state champion Zach Maxwell (195) was held out of the competition due to an undisclosed minor injury. Perennial New England powerhouse Mount Anthony Union of Bennington, Vt., won the team competition with 213.5. Cumberland, R.I. (164), finished second and New Milford (154.5) third. Southington finished tied for ninth with 67 points. Boys basketball Conard 60, Southington 57: The Blue Knights took a 45-38 lead into the fourth quarter only to See Notes / Page 33

Southington’s Pat Freer takes it to the rim against Conard. (Photo by Matt Leidemer)

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Southington’s Christa Case in action recently. (Photo by Dave Mongillo)

Winter surrounds us. Snowdraped trees, bathed in bright sunlight, greet us each morning. And then it snows again. Life is good, and the days are getting longer. The Blue Knight ski team hit the gates at Mount Southington last week and, again, Sebastian Doughty was the leading Knight. He finished sixth overall and fourth in L class. Over on the girls courses, Christa Case was the quickest Lady Knight, finishing 33rd among 92 girls in the race. Rachel Klem and Carolyn Zesut also scored for the Southington High team.

The Mount Southington ski team was on the local hill last Sunday and the boys were the best in the field of 115 racers from five teams. The home team placed eight racers in the first 10 spots. Ben Emerson took the gold medal both overall and for U-14 class racers. Eddie Kaftan finished second followed by Tyler Coenraads. Mark Lavrentyev was fourth and John Emerson finished fifth. The home team captured all of the medals for U-14 racers. Peter Simplicio finished sixth and took the gold for U-12 boys followed by Caleb Richert in seventh. Philip Kaftan finished 15th in the big field and took the silver

medal for U-12 boys. On the girls course, Elise Namnoum was the fastest local racer, finishing fifth among the 98 girls. Lindsay Adams finished seventh. Namnoum finished third in the U-14 group. The UConn racers were at Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire for two slalom races last weekend, and had some great finishes. On Saturday, former Mount Southington racer Kelsie Carlette led the Lady Huskies, taking eighth among 67 racers. Danielle Scanlon finished 17th and Denali Graham scored in 25th place. On the men’s course, Griffin See Skiers/ Page 34

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Wadolowski nets 20 as Knights extend streak Avenge Northwest with 19th consecutive home win By Ken Lipshez

3-pointer and Sarah Mongillo knocked down an offensive reSOUTHINGTON — The bound. The prize was there for the taking. Knights had The Southington High girls the biggest lead basketball team defends its of the night at home court with ferocity. The 36-30. Blue Knights rode a late surge “The kids in the third quarter to take a played with a lot six-point lead. of confidence,” But Northwest Catholic Southington had won the previous game coach Mike between the teams handily. Forgione said. The Knights would have to “They knew how lengthen their possessions, to handle the shore up their defense and Southington’s Natalie Wadolowski drives to the basket as pressure against rebounding and make free a well-coached throws. It’s the mark of a team Northwest Catholic’s Mackenzie Collyer defends. team. They kept that’s making the most of its (Justin Weekes / Special to The Citizen) their composure experience. The Knights did all of home winning streak to 19 Southington (10-5, 6-3) re- and they made the above and Natalie games with a 43-37 win over mains in contention for a di- the plays. “We’re a tough Wadolowski recorded a dou- Northwest in a key CCC West vision title with crucial home ble-double to stretch their clash Tuesday night. games against Newington on team at home. I put the number Southington’s Maggie Meehan cuts the horizon. The game was tied at 19 on the board around Northwest Catholic’s Gigi 29 when Southington ran before the game Gianone. (Justin Weekes / Special to SUMMA CONSTRUCTION off seven straight points. and it builds The Citizen) Wadolowski scored two confidence. The SERVICES l.l.c. the fourth quarter, which was buckets off assists from kids believe in themselves.” The game evolved into a de- a death knell for Northwest point guard Maggie Meehan. 50th Anniversary Special FOR AS $ Replace that oldthat high 5’ Walk-in Replace oldtubhighwithtuba with a Nicole Fischer tossed in a fensive struggle throughout (9-6, 7-3). The Indians, who LOW AS Interlocking water tight seal shower For As shot just 25 percent (15-for5’ Walk-in Interlocking water tight seal shower ONE DAY INSTALLATION • SHEETROCK PATCHING, FAUCET & PLUMBING INCLUDED Low As 60) for the game, cut the lead ONE DAY INSTALLATION • SHEETROCK PATCHING, FAUCET & PLUMBING INCLUDED SUMMA CONSTRUCTION FREE E to four on a jumper by Elysia Estimate SERVICES l.l.c. FRtiEmate Calloway, but failed to get anEs Licensed other field goal for over six Lic. #P-1-0204630 & Insured Family Owned & Operated minutes. Lic. #P-1-0204630 Licensed & Insured (860) 628-0073 Family Owned & Operated Over 40 Yrs. Experience CALL “There’s a rhythm to shoot50TH ANNIVERSARY ing,” first-year Northwest coach Sean O’Brien said. “We weren’t taking the right shots at the right time and the basketball gods don’t smile on that.” The 22-point turnaround Arcade/On A Roll Café/Computer Scoring NO NEED to be without Teeth! from the previous encounter convinced him just how much $250* 5 Styles starting at $199* Saturday Night Glow Bowling 7 PM (Reservations recommended) the Knights have grown. DENTURES UPPER OR LOWER Dentures “Southington’s obviously available Hours and information at better than they were three Extractions and Relines and in 24 or call 203-272-6500 weeks ago and that didn’t help Dentures at same Repairs while hours. our cause, but I don’t think appointment! you wait. $ 00 we played well together,” he Call Now Call Now For Call Now For Complete Affordable said. “I think we’ve hit a coon Deluxe Birthday Package A AFor FREE A FREE hesion funk.” Family Dental Care! Expires 4/30/14 FREE Consultation Mongillo (16 rebounds, Consultation • Fillings • Crowns Consultation 5 blocked shots) busted • Cleanings • Bridges Northwest’s half-court trap • Teeth Whitening • Cosmetic Dentistry COUPON with 4:30 left off a pass from Payment Options Available. Wadolowski (game high Most Insurance Plans Are Accepted. 20 points, 14 rebounds). A MERIDEN steal by Meehan blossomed 533 S. Broad St., Townline Sq. Plaza into a pass from Fischer to 203.238-7968 Wadolwski and the Knights Cannot be combined w/other offers. ORANGE led by eight. 501 Boston Post Rd., Liberty Sq. Plaza Meehan, a freshman, ran 203.799.3311 1211 Highland Avenue Special to The Citizen


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Christian Thomas had a game-high 25 points for Northwest. Louis Lawson added 18 and Kenny Cox kicked in 13. Chris Kelly led the Blue Knights with four 3-pointers and 18 total points. Girls basketball Southington 56, Conard 39: Southington got solid contributions across the board from its starting five. It added up to a CCC West win over Conard. N a t a l i e Wa d o l o w s k i poured in a game-high 20 points for the Blue Knights, who also got double figures from Kaitlin Paterson (11) and Sarah Mongillo (10). Maggie Meehan was good for eight points. Nicole Fischer added seven. The win was the fourth in the last five games for the Blue Knights. They now stand at 9-5 overall and 5-3 in the West. Conard (3-12, 0-9 West) got 15 points from Nicole Kradas.

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be outscored 22-12 in suffering the CCC West defeat in Southington. With the game tied 24-all at half, Southington had surged ahead by taking the third quarter 21-14, when Chris Kelly scored all nine of his points. Conard rallied behind Aidan Maloney and Travis Sinatro. Maloney had a team-high 17 points for the Chieftains (6-7, 2-6 West). Sinatro drained a trio of 3-pointers en route to 15. Pat Freer netted a gamehigh 18 points for Southington (1-11, 0-7 West). Kyle Borawski added nine. Northwest Catholic 73, Southington 50: The Indians outscored the Blue Knights 20-8 in the second quarter and 27-18 in the third to take control of this CCC West contest in West Hartford.

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the offensive efficiently and made three of her four free throws in one-and-one spots to help the Knights secure the win. “Geno Auriemma always says that halfway through the season they’re not freshmen anymore,” Forgione said. “The same is true for Maggie. When she makes mistakes, she realizes it. She did a great job being our floor leader.” Neither team could create any separation in the first half. Northwest, which pounded the Knights 61-45 in West Hartford on Jan. 6, moved out to an 8-4 lead and set two

precedents that would haunt Southington throughout the half : offensive rebounds and a clear path along the baseline for easy layups. “We always preach forcing baseline, but not giving it up,” Forgione said. “Give Northwest credit. They were aggressive and they beat us to the spot. We made adjustments to take that away at halftime.” But the Knights clamped down on defense. A steal by Kaitlin Paterson and two by Meehan (4 steals, 4 assists, 8 points) enabled Southington to keep the game within one possession through the first quarter. Wadolowski cashed in on a putback and assisted on a layup by Fischer. The Knights made a


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Struyk was the leading UConn racer, in sixth place. Former Southington High racer Bobby Chambers, in his first season with the Huskies, finished 13th in the 72-racer field. Richard Scanlon was the next fastest UConn racer (18th place). Southington native Austin Florian, now on the Clarkson University ski squad, had a bad day and a great day. He finished 45th in the opening round, than posted the second fastest time in the afternoon run and ended the race in 20th place. On Sunday, the UConn team went to the starting line needing some good times to stay ahead of UMass in the season standings. In the morning run Kelsie Carlette posted a good time and went to lunch in fifth place. She posted the fastest time in the final run and ended the day second among 68 ladies. Denali Graham and Danielle Scanlon finished 31st and 32nd in Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slalom On the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s course, the Huskies had a fantastic day. Luke Wiles led the way, taking eighth, followed by Griffin Struyk in ninth. Mark Nebraska finished 11th and Bobby Chambers ended the day in 17th place. Both UConn teams are on the bubble in the all important season standings. Five teams will qualify for the Eastern Regional Championships. With two races left, at Bromley Mountain, Vermont this weekend, the men are fourth in the team scoring and the ladies are fifth. Both teams are just one point ahead of the UMass teams. If both the men and ladies finish ahead of the Minutemen, it will be off to the skiing equivalent of the NCAA tournament in basketball.

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20), Beaudoin rarely has a moment to spare as a stay-athome mom and community volunteer. The Mrs. America organization is one that seeks such accomplished married women each year. “It sheds light on the fact that [we] can balance a family and giving back to the community with poise,” Beaudoin said. It’s not necessary to enter the pageant with a platform like the Miss America or Miss Teen America pageants – Mrs. America has more of a “been there, done that,” philosophy, according to Beaudoin, who is very involved with cancer awareness. She also spends a lot of time volunteering with activities that her kids are involved in, such as be-


fair. She said if a woman is not intelligent, “You won’t go anywhere in a pageant. That’s what the interview process is for.” “They care about what’s in your head and heart and what you do,” Beaudoin said. Beaudoin’s in good company being a pageant contestant from Southington. In 2012, resident Logan West was named Miss Teen USA.

Beaudoin will have to impress judges by wearing a one-piece swimsuit and an evening gown. Also, she will have to answer an onstage question, something she said always makes her “so nervous.” While some pageant contestants’ answers have gone viral for all the wrong reasons, Beaudoin indicated that negative stereotypes about pageant contestants are un-

Calendar Feb. 8: The Swim and Dive team at Southington High School, 720 Pleasant St., have scheduled a can and bottle drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school Saturday, Feb. 8. Feb. 9: A bus trip to Mohegan Sun going from Southington on Sunday, Feb. 9. Bus departs from the commuter parking lot at the corner of Route 10,

South Main St., and Mulberry Street in Plantsville at 11:30 a.m. The trip includes a visit to the Casino, a food voucher and slot voucher. Return time at approximately 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Southington Knights of Columbus 4th degree Assembly 122, the casino trip welcomes all. For information, contact Bill Shatas at (860) 3024556 or (203) 235-4155.

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cal businessman and close friend of Pocock who died in October. The foundation will provide college scholarships and will sponsor police command officers who want training at the Southern Police Institute in Kentucky. The institute is one of the best in the country and encourages a data-driven approach to policing, Pocock said. His work as police captain didn’t allow him the time he wanted to devote to the foundation, Pocock said. Stephen Pestillo, a member of the Board of Police Commissioners and former board chairman, said he’s worked with Pocock for 10 years on various town boards. “He’s great to work with,” Pestillo. “He’s a planner.” He and Pocock served on the Board of Water Commissioners where Pocock was chairman for nine years. During that time, water rates weren’t raised once, Pestillo said. Pestillo also credited Pocock for the water department’s building on West Queen Street. Pocock visited Washington, D.C., to lobby federal representatives and senators for money to build the building. Officer Stephen Salerno, president of the Southington police union, said Pocock is respected by the officers. “He’d always listen and be fair,” Salerno said. “You felt that your voice mattered. He would listen, that was key.” Pocock, a former patrol officer, oversees the patrol and detective divisions. Salerno said from large to small issues Pocock would hear all sides and try to come up with a collaborative resolution. Pocock was council chairman in 2010 when Town Manager Garry Brumback was hired. Pocock and other Re p u b l i c a n s s u p p o r te d Brumback while Democrats wanted Town Attorney Mark Sciota for the position.

ing a cheerleading coach for Southington Valley Midget Football League. “It means a lot more to me to be involved with my kids and the things they do,” Beaudoin said. B e a u d o i n ’s n e i g h b o r, Allyson Genovese, has been helping her prepare for the contest. A professional fitness competitor, personal trainer, and nutritionist, Genovese has been guiding Beaudoin to prepare her body. “She’s the one putting in all the work, so she deserves all the credit,” Genovese said. “She’s in such great shape as it is; we don’t have to go crazy.” To win Mrs. Southington, Beaudoin had to submit an application and get interviewed; there was no physical pageant. There will be one for Mrs. Connecticut, where Beaudoin will compete against winners from other towns.



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MER. Furn. Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 2nd flr. Studio, $180/wk+ sec. 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm

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Vacation & Seasonal Rental FLORIDA, FORT MYERS BEACH CONDO For Rent. Luxury 2 BR & 2 bath unit, complete kitchen, DR, LR & 3 balconies located on the beautiful island of Ft. Myers Beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Freshly painted with new amenities including flat screen televisions. Incl: heated pool, hot tub, tennis courts, recreation room, pool table & more. Walking distance to golf course. Come enjoy the warm breeze & romantic sunsets as you relax on the clean, sandy white beach. Call Barbara Raffile at 203 514-5130 (Meriden) for more information.

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Miscellaneous For Sale CEMETERY PLOTS Six in Walnut Grove Meriden Call 203 886-9036

A39 Friday, February 7, 2014 Wood / Fuel & Heating Equip AMAZINGLY CLEAN Cleanest Seasoned Firewood in the State! $210 Full cord delivered. Discounts over 2, over 4 & picked up. South Meriden. Mike 203 631-2211

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Wanted to Buy 1-2 ITEMS Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture, 50’s Items. Whole Estates 203 238-3499 AARON’S BUYING Old Machinist Tools, Lathes, Bench Tools Hand Tools, Much More. (203) 525-0608

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate. 203-235-8431 OLD TOOLS WANTED, always buying old, used hand tools, carpentry, machinist & engraving & workbench tools. If you have old or used tools that are no longer being used, call with confidence. Fair & friendly offers made in your home! Please call Cory 860-322-4367

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Wanted to Buy WANTED: Golf related material, articles, photos, etc & are willing to allow me to make a copy. Please contact Kevin: 203-213-9216 or WANTED: Antiques, Costume Jewelry, Old Toys, Military Items. Anything Old. Open 6 days. 18 South Orchard St Wallingford CT 06492 or call 203-284-3786 WANTED FISHING TACKLE Old or new! One lure or entire basement! Highest prices paid! Call Dave 860 463-4359

Music Instruments & Instruction 12 Pc CB Drum Set, great cond. $500. Casio WK 200 Keyboard, perfect cond. $200. 1930’s Mendelsohn Upright Piano w/bench, $225. 860-276-8606

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